Overview

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award honours students who have contributed to their communities through outstanding citizenship, leadership, public service and voluntary endeavour.

Each year, 8 young Albertans receive a medal and a $5,000 scholarship.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Performing Arts honours a student who demonstrates talent and potential along with clear educational or training goals in the performing arts. Each year, one young Albertan receives a medal and a $5,000 scholarship.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Visual Arts honours a student who demonstrates talent and potential along with clear educational or training goals in the visual arts. Each year, one young Albertan receives a medal and a $5,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award

Alberta high school students who received the Premier's Citizenship Award are automatically nominated for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award.

Every Alberta high school may nominate one student each year to receive the Premier's Award.

Visit Premier's Citizenship Award for nomination information. Deadline to apply is June 1, of every year.

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Performing and Visual Arts

Alberta high school students interested in either of these awards apply directly through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Deadline to apply is March 1.

2019 recipients

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award

  • Photo of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award Heena Batta

    Heena Batta

    Heena (a graduate from McNally High School, Edmonton) is admired for her compassion, vison and entrepreneurial spirit. Heena volunteered at the Family Futures Resource Network where she worked with children on events such as the Spring Break Day Camp and the Teddy Bear Picnic. She also assisted residents at CaptialCare Grandview with meals and recreational activities, becoming a friendly resource in the institution. As President of the Best Buddies Club at McNally High School, Heena built positive relationships and created opportunities for students with developmental challenges.

  • Photo of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award Laurissa Brousseau

    Laurissa Brousseau

    Laurissa (a graduate from Ecole Notre-Dame des Monts, Canmore) is a mature and focused individual with a dedicated work ethic. When she was a student representative on the board of directors of Francophonie Jeunesse de l'Alberta, she was head of the mental health committee. She helped plan numerous student provincial gatherings and participated in discussions which led to the implementation of francophone GSAs across the province. She also led the school’s mental health committee. Laurissa served as President of the Student Council, where she organized celebrations and encouraged the student body to participate in charitable events. Outside of school, Laurissa participated in a humanitarian trip to La Denta, Nicaragua, where she helped build a well and water system. She is also a Cadet with the 878 Banff/Canmore Air Cadet Squadron, receiving numerous awards including Legion Medal of Honour and Lord Strathcona Medal of Excellence.

  • Photo of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award Emily Chen

    Emily Chen

    Emily (a graduate from Sir Winston Churchill High School, Calgary) makes positive contributions to the community with her mature and diligent leadership. While a student at Sir Winston Churchill High School, Emily led the LaunchX Entrepreneurship Club and Churchill’s Model UN team, earning the Lester B. Pearson Award for Peacemaking. She was also a member of the Debate Team, Principal’s Advisory Council, Citizens of Churchill, Business Club, Interact Club and Athletic Council. Her contributions to the Principal’s Advisory Council included establishing a Mental Health Week before final exams, which helped students manage stress. In addition to Emily’s academic activities, she also volunteered for the Calgary Public Library. Emily has been honoured for her volunteer service, receiving the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers and the Vice President of the Year award for Junior Achievement.

  • Photo of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award Alexander Erickson

    Alexander Erickson

    Alexander (a graduate from Strathcona High School, Edmonton) is a dedicated volunteer with a desire to serve and lead. While at Strathcona High School, Alexander volunteered his time as the Student Union President, planning and overseeing events. Alexander was a major part of the Model United Nations Club Committee, spearheading its involvement in the National High School Model United Nations in New York. For his contributions to the Model United Nations Club Committee, Alex won the Best Diplomat award in 2017 and Best Delegate award in 2018. Alexander also volunteered for the Edmonton Community Foundation on the Young Edmonton Grants Advisory Committee.

  • Photo of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award Hao Ji Jiang

    Hao Ji Jiang

    Hao Ji (a graduate from Henry Wise Wood High School, Calgary) is an active volunteer, working tirelessly to support those around him. He has served many different organizations, including the Calgary Public Library, Youth Central Volunteering, the Calgary Drop in Centre and the Salvation Army. While volunteering with Youth Central, Hao Ji supported farmers markets, summer camps, homeless shelters and festivals with his positive attitude and hard work. Due to his contributions and outgoing attitude, Hao Ji was awarded the Volunteer of the Month award with Youth Central. He also participated on the Mayor’s Youth Council, where he helped raise awareness on social issues through the Current Issues Subcommittee.

  • Photo of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award Arielle Lok

    Arielle Lok

    Arielle (a graduate from Crescent Heights High School, Calgary) is an active leader in the Calgary community, working to advance issues on mental health and abuse. Due to her impact in the community, she was nominated to participate in the National Summit for the Canadian Children’s Charter in 2017. She was also a leader in developing a report on improving the health and well-being of Canadian children for Rising Canada. While at Crescent Heights High School, Arielle led the Student Wellness Advocacy Team, developing ways to make school safer and more welcoming for students.

  • Photo of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award Armaan Ali Somani

    Armaan Ali Somani

    Armaan (a graduate from Old Scona Academic High School, Edmonton) is an influential leader, known for his passion for helping others. While at Old Scona Academic High School, Armaan served on the Youth Council and participated in speech and debate clubs, using the platform to raise awareness about complex issues in our society. Armaan also volunteered his time for the City of Edmonton Youth Council, where he advised on a variety of issues, including health and well-being of our youth.

  • Photo of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award Victoria Wright

    Victoria Wright

    Victoria (a graduate from Archbishop Jordan High School, Sherwood Park) is a well rounded student and leader with an insatiable curiosity about the world. While at Archbishop Jordan High School, Victoria served as director for the MVP Youth Leadership Conference, a conference that aims to develop leadership skills in youth. Victoria is also involved in numerous causes within the community, including the Terry Fox Run, the Hair Massacre, the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk, Helping Hampers and Pennies for Peace.

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Performing and Visual Arts

  • Photo of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award Jesse Drwiega

    Jesse Drwiega

    Jesse was born in Red Deer. He grew up dancing in central Alberta, starting with competitive tap dance at the age of 3. After training in jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, and hip hop styles, Jesse won a scholarship to study at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Following this, he graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in 2016 with an Enriched Diploma in Theatre Performance and a Certificate in Mentorship for Choreography. Most recently Jesse graduated with his Bachelor Degree in Music Theatre Performance at Sheridan College with the highest GPA in his class. In the final year of his study, he was offered a scholarship to pursue his Masters at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Scotland. Having just finished starring as Ernst in Cabaret, his work has been seen and recognized on stages across the country. In his free time, Jesse can be found freelancing as a choreographer and dance teacher.

  • Photo of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award Thomas Weir

    Thomas Weir

    Thomas is a graduate of the University of Alberta, where he recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design. Thomas has exhibited his work in various art shows in the last few years including, Material at Latitude 53, Dyscropia at Enterprise Square Gallery, and Imitation Crab at Parallel space in Edmonton, Alberta. Additionally, Thomas was recently selected to take part in the Mitchell Art Gallery Exchange Artist Mentorship Program.